Broch couples raise thousands for ANCHOR

Four Broch couples have raised thousands for Friends of ANCHOR.
Four Broch couples have raised thousands for Friends of ANCHOR.

Four Fraserburgh couples have presented a cheque for £6,000 to local cancer charity Friends of ANCHOR.

The funds were raised at a James Bond-themed dinner dance, which brings the couples’ grand total to the fantastic sum of £21,000.

The fund-raiser was hosted by Marie Smith, her husband, Stuart, and their friends: Thomas and Alison Tait, Peter and Isobel Tait, and Simon Tait and Natalie Leonard.

The couples host the ball each year to raise funds for the ANCHOR unit, where Marie was treated in 2011 after being diagnosed with the rare bone marrow disorder aplastic anaemia.

Marie, commenting on behalf of the group, said: “We decided to raise money for Friends of ANCHOR as I’d seen first-hand the work that the charity do to make a difference for North-east cancer patients and their families.”

The Ball was held on April 26 at the Ban-car Hotel, Lonmay.

Commenting on the success of the night Marie said: “We are overwhelmed to have reached such a fantastic total and would like to thank everyone who has generously supported our fundraising through donations and by attending the event to help us raise valued funds for such a worthwhile cause.”

Sarah-Jane Hogg, PR and fund-raising manager at Friends of ANCHOR, commented: “It is phenomenal to see the amount of support floods in for the Bond Ball every year. We are indebted to people like Marie and her friends who are passionately raising awareness and funds for the cause.

“It is because of support like theirs that we are able to carry out the important work of Friends of ANCHOR, ensuring that every cancer and haematology patient in the North-east receives the very best care, treatment and support.”

Marie was also a model at Friends of ANCHOR’s Courage on the Catwalk this year, an event which sees 24 women who have faced a cancer diagnosis take centre stage to raise valued funds for the charity.

Held at the Beach Ballroom in April, Marie raised over £300 for the charity.

Friends of ANCHOR fund the purchase of non – NHS funded equipment for the ANCHOR unit and aims to provide additional care, comfort and support for patients in the North-east.

As all admin costs are generously covered by the Balmoral group, all money raised goes towards funding North-east cancer care.